WOODS CROSS – Last Wednesday, Feb. 5, was the first official day that high school athletes could sign their letters of intent to play sports at the college level.
Known simply as “National Signing Day,” high school athletes from around the country took part in letting the world know where they were going to be playing sports.
In Davis County, several high school athletes also signed their letters of intent to play college sports.
Most chose to stay in the state of Utah, while others made the decision to play in nearby states such as Wyoming, California, and other states in the Western U.S.
One even chose to play at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, or RPI, in Troy, New York in the fall.
The Forza Futbol Club, located in Bountiful, held its own signing day last Wednesday to announce 15 of its players, several of whom played at either Woods Cross, Viewmont or Bountiful High School, were going to play girls’ soccer at the college level.
“We are proud of our College Advisory Program at the club and work hard with the players and their families from their freshman year in high school to this day in their senior day,” said Dave Newman, director of coaching for Forza and Woods Cross girls’ soccer coach. “The offer of a college scholarship is by no means a given just because of soccer. We make our players focus on their grades, as academics play a huge part in the offers made by colleges.”
The 15 players from Forza include Abbie Flandro and Madi Cutler (Southern Utah University), Haley Johnson (Iowa Western), Kortney McBride (Northwest College), Tana Singley, Montana Tanner and Kaitlyn Palmer (Dixie State), Josie Morris (USU-Eastern), Jessica James, Lucy Hegemann, Jayne Christensen and Abbey Mann (Westminster), Jana Wall and Kate Orchard (BYU-Hawaii), and Christina Plank (Carroll College).
Viewmont’s Sara Harper and Bailee Hammond will also play college soccer at RPI and Utah State University. At Davis High School, Kennedy Lawes signed her letter of intent to play for Western Nebraska, and Berkley Moulton will play at the University of Dubuque.
At Woods Cross, track star Cam Dopp signed his letter of intent to play for BYU, and Aubree Peterson will play girls’ soccer for Coffeyville Community College, located in Kansas.
Other Wildcats’ signings, according to the high school’s website, are Manni Johnson (softball, Salt Lake Community College), Jacob Stone (cross country, Weber State University), Xequille Harry (football, Weber State University), and Kyle Beard (golf, Westminster College).
Other football players signing on were Bountiful’s Tanner Redding (Southern Utah University) and Max Latu (Snow College), Davis’s Kawika Tupuola (Weber State University), and Viewmont’s Will Daines (Southern Utah).
Where they are headed
University of Dubuque
Coffeyville Comm. Coll
Salt Lake Comm. Coll.